De Niro to receive honorary fine arts degree from Brown
In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 file photo, Robert De Niro attends a news conference in Macau. (AP / Kin Cheung)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 3:10PM EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Robert De Niro is among six people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University's commencement exercises
The Ivy League school announced Friday the Oscar-winning actor is being celebrated "for the intensity he brings to each performance." De Niro will receive a doctor of fine arts degree during the school's May 28 ceremonies.
De Niro has been nominated five times for an Academy Award, and won in 1975 for "The Godfather: Part II" and in 1981 for "Raging Bull."
Others to receive honorary degrees are rapper and actor Daveed Diggs; teacher Donald Hood; businesswoman Indra Nooyi; business executive Richard Parsons; and poet Rosmarie Waldrop.
Brown does not have the traditional keynote speaker at commencement exercises, instead reserving that honour for members of the graduating class.